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My favorite posts of 2010, from the very personal to the very cosmic

Kaid Benfield

Posted December 28, 2010

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I love writing this blog and, if I could do only this for a living, I probably would.  I like that it makes me pay attention to what’s going on in my professional world, encourages me to think about the implications, introduces me to fellow travelers, and allows the all-too-rare satisfaction (in the policy world, at least) of having a work product completed and published almost every day.

I like all my posts, but some especially: there are occasions when I have more time or inspiration than I usually do.  Looking back over the 250 or so that I wrote this year, these are some of my favorites:

Speaking of images, I’ll close by highlighting two unusual posts:  First, I’ll mention the extraordinary sketches on sustainability and urbanism by my talented friend, architect Dhiru Thadani.  Highly recommended.  And, second, I cannot close without mentioning what has become my most popular post of all time, “this week’s sign of the apocalypse.”  Consisting only of a single image, it has received between 25,000 and 30,000 viewings so far and continues to draw more every week.  Go figure.  (That's the one that earns the "very cosmic" label referenced in this post's title, by the way.)

I have immense gratitude for my colleagues on NRDC’s communications team that give me this platform and somehow keep it humming; you rock.  architecture observed & considered (by and courtesy of Dhiru Thadani)Special thanks also to the sites in addition to my home base here at NRDC that regularly feature my posts, including the Sustainable Cities Collective, DailyKos, Huffington Post, Rooflines, CNU Salons, and Grist.

Props are due also to an amazing bunch of urbanist and environmental Facebook and real-life friends who keep me informed on all sorts of subjects from the amusing to the profound, and thanks especially to the fabulous blog writers whose work on these subjects continually inspires me, including Steve Mouzon, Chuck Marohn, Dave Reid, Chuck Wolfe, Daniel Nairn, Aaron Renn, Jon Hiskes, Richard Layman, Sam Newberg, Justin Horner, Deron Lovaas, Mary Newsom, Jason King, Chewie, Randy Simes, Payton Chung, Warren Karlenzig, John Michlig, Karja Hansen, and some I am probably forgetting.  Keep up the great work.

Finally, of course, I owe all of this to my readers, without whom there would be little point.  May your 2011 be the best year yet.

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Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment.  For more posts, see his blog's home page. 

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Dave ReidDec 29 2010 11:06 AM

Thanks for the mention Kaid! Keep up the great work.

SteveDec 29 2010 11:48 AM

Great post, Kaid... thanks! One request... the others on the list at the end who I do know make me want to find out about the ones I don't know. Any chance you might add links to the names at the end so we can explore these people? Thanks in advance!

Kaid @ NRDCDec 29 2010 11:50 AM

Steve: Yes, though it might be a few days, since I'm technically on vacation. :) I wanted to add links from the beginning but ran out of time.

Randy SimesDec 29 2010 03:04 PM

Thanks so much for the kind words Kaid, and thanks for producing such great content throughout the year for all of us to enjoy.

I am currently working on a sustainability-related story on Seoul that I think you might find very interesting. There is some wonderful stuff taking place there that people should know more about.

JohnDec 30 2010 10:26 AM

Thanks, Kaid, for the mention -- as a daily reader of your great blog, it's very, very gratifying to know you find something interesting in mine!

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